Course Title: Community and Civic Engagement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Community and Civic Engagement

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2761

City Campus

Postgraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Judy Burnside-Lawry

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2476

Course Coordinator Email: judy.burnside-lawry@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to theoretical frameworks and communication practices that can be used to enhance dialogue between communities, civil society and governments. 

You will examine community engagement as a concept that encompasses both process and outcome. This will be done by exploring how the purpose for bringing together members of community, civil society and government, determines the choice of engagement methods employed.

You will investigate a range of community engagement initiatives, including those focused on building relationships, and/or developing community capacity; through to those that aim to make decisions about policy or services for social change.

In the course you will examine the strengths and weaknesses of different community and civic engagement initiatives, and reflect on what can be learned from engaging with communities and with community-identified problems.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is an option course, which will complement the learning outcomes you are developing in your program.


Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Examine and analyse the major principles and theories of community and civic engagement.
  • Identify the stakeholders and analyse their needs in relation to community-based issue/s.
  • Propose and critically discuss community and civic engagement initiatives to address identified issue/s. 
  • Critically reflect on the principles and values of community engagement and how it is situated within your personal and professional practice.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in blended learning that involves a range of activities both face-to-face and/or online such as workshops, tutorials, presentations, group and class discussion, class activities and individual research.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Communication students.  The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/media-and-communication.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Assessment may include presentations, projects and may be done individually and in teams. Collaboration between students is encouraged.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment

 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: 30%

This assessment may include group work and a mix of face to face and online modes. The task assesses the following:

Course learning outcome

  • Examine and analyse the major principles and theories of community and civic engagement.

 

Assessment 2: 30%

This assessment may involve a presentation or other documentation of the task and will contribute 30% of your final grade.

The task assesses the following:

Course learning outcomes

  • Identify the stakeholders and analyse their needs in relation to community-based issue/s.
  • Propose and critically discuss community and civic engagement initiatives to address identified issue/s.

 

Assessment 3: 40% 

This assessment may involve written or other forms of critical response. The task assesses the following:

Course learning outcomes

  • Examine and analyse the major principles and theories of community and civic engagement.
  • Critically reflect on the principles and values of community engagement and how it is situated within your personal and professional practice.